American Family Association

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The American Family Association (AFA) promotes itself as an organization for traditional family values. As the little fish in their logo indicate, it is a fundamentalist Christian lobbyist group.

History

AFA was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon as the National Federation for Decency (NFD). The NFD became the American Family Association in 1988.[1]

According to the organization's web site "AFA is for people who are tired of cursing the darkness and who are ready to light a bonfire. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1977 by Don Wildmon. The American Family Association represents and stands for traditional family values, focusing primarily on the influence of television and other media - including pornography - on our society.

"AFA believes that the entertainment industry, through its various products, has played a major role in the decline of those values on which our country was founded and which keep a society and its families strong and healthy. For example, over the last 25 years we have seen the entertainment industry 'normalize' and glorify premarital sex. During that time we have suffered a dramatic increase in teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS and abortion as a means of birth control.

"We believe in holding accountable the companies which sponsor programs attacking traditional family values. We also believe in commending those companies which act responsibly regarding programs they support.

Divisions

AFA Foundation[1]

AFA Journal [2]

American Family Radio [3]

American Family Radio is a network of nearly 200 radio stations broadcasting Christian-oriented programming. AFA owns most of the stations.[2]

Center for Law & Policy [4]

OneNewsNow [5]

OneNewsNow is the AFA's news division. It was created in February 2007 through the merger of AFA's AgapePress news website and the news operation of American Family Radio.[3]

State Affiliates

Dubbed by the organization, the "front line troops in America's culture wars [6], AFA claims to have 19 affiliates, but only lists the 13 below.

AFA of Alaska

AFA of Colorado [7]

AFA of Indiana [8]

AFA of Kentucky[9]

AFA of Michigan [10]

AFA of Mississippi[11]

AFA of New Jersey

AFA of New York [12]

AFA of Pennsylvania[13]

Christian Action League of North Carolina [14]

Family Policy Network of Virginia[15]

This organization, founded in 1997 by Joe Glover, also lists resources for the states of Alabama, California, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee,Texas and West Virginia.

Minnesota Family Association

Brian Howse, the director is also founder and president of the American Family Policy Institute and World View Weekend[16]

West Virginia Family Foundation, Inc.[17]

Projects

Repent America and Michael Marcavage

In God We Trust Posters

According to the AFA website, the group has "has launched a national campaign to place before our children a copy of the official motto of the United States...(as areminder of the historical centrality of God in the life of our republic." The group urges members to contact their state officials and urge them "to take the lead on this important campaign" and promised to defend any lawsuits by the ACLU free of charge. [4]

Meet at City Hall

According to the website, the group asks members to meet on the first Thursday in May from 12:20 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. at their local city halls and pray "for a moral rebirth in our country....Let us unashamedly take our Light from underneath the basket and set it on a table."[5]

Glossy Garbage

According to the website, members should pressure store managers to remove offensive magazines from view and offers a guide on how to mount a campaign. [18]

Movie Gallery

According to the website, members should mount a campaign against the chain's rental of pornography, including statements that store clerks are in danger of contracting sexually tranmitted diseases from the videos.[6]

Campaigns

Contact details

American Family Association
P.O. Drawer 2440
Tupelo, MS 38803
Phone: 1-662-844-5036
Fax: 1-662-842-7798
Web: http://www.afa.net

References

  1. "American Family Association", People for the American Way, accessed March 7, 2008.
  2. "American Family Association opened its airwaves to advocate for executing gays, adulterers, abortion doctors", Media Matters for America, February 14, 2006.
  3. "News Operations Merge to Create OneNewsNow.com", American Family Association, February 23, 2007.
  4. "'In God We Trust' Poster Campaign", American Family Association, accessed March 7, 2008.
  5. "Meet at City Hall", American Family Association, accessed March 7, 2008.
  6. "Movie Gallery", American Family Association, accessed March 7, 2008.

External links

Profiles

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